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Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School

Western Cape

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60m² prefabricated library

Date Launched

26 May 2023



Western Cape

No of children

1,077 children

Year started


Impact achieved

• When Khayelitsha was established in 1985, Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School was the second school to open in the community. Today, its learners are drawn from poverty-stricken families and most parents are unemployed and take a deep interest in their children’s education.

• The school used a small room in the caretaker’s home as a library and deputy principal, LX Sitetyana, believed that a more spacious library, closer to the classrooms, would allow more children to improve their language and literacy skills.

• The library was made possible, through a generous donation by Jacky Leather, in memory of her husband Mark, who formed a link to Khayelitsha through his school, Ysgol Rhiwabon.

• Vuyokazi Vuyiseka Yawa, the school’s foundation phase department head, thanked Jacky and her family for the beautiful library that she described as: “… a privilege to us, since we’ve had a very small space in previous years that was used as a library. Reading is one of the focus areas in our school that needs to be improved and we will benefit from these resources. Learners will be able to use library materials regularly and the teachers will use the resources and reading strategies to improve the learners’ level of reading, using the new books. We really appreciate it because it has added huge value to the children of Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School.”

• The project is supported by Breadline Africa’s literacy partner, Biblionef.

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